North Korea joins Twitter

North Korea has realised the potential of Web 2.0 propaganda, and signed itself up to Twitter.

@uriminzok, Korean for ‘our people’ has so far tweeted links to speeches praising the regime’s leader Kim Jong-il.

North Korea expert Hazel Smith told MediaGuardian: “They [NK] clearly realise that they’re not good at PR and so they’re looking at ways to get the message out from different sorts of media.”

Meanwhile, Gilles Lordet, chief editor of Reporters Without Borders, called a spade a spade and said the move is a “natural extension of government propaganda”.

(Source: MediaGuardian)

This article appears in issue 248 of Media Digest.




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